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eSmart Libraries Newsletter - Edition 50

Welcome to 2018! 

Welcome to the first edition of Check-In for 2018! This newsletter is circulated free of charge every two months to all eSmart registered library services in Australia. We hope you make good use of it and if you think it would be beneficial, feel free to forward it on.

If your library isn't already registered for eSmart, you only have until 30 June 2018 to do so. For those libraries who have already registered, fear not, we are not going anywhere. The eSmart Libraries team will continue to support your journey by providing online and telephone support, as well as up to date information and facilitating the sharing of best-practice resources.

Not only that, but from 1 July we are proud to offer eSmart Membership, a new product available to all libraries who have achieved eSmart status. This initiative will offer the next phase of skills development to library staff and assist in supporting library communities to embrace technology safely and confidently.

It will be a busy and exciting year ahead and we look forward to working with you closely throughout your eSmart journey.

eSmart Membership

Get ready, eSmart Membership is coming in 2018!

eSmart Membership will replace the ‘sustaining’ phase of eSmart with a new ten-point checklist, further professional development opportunities and a range of annual benefits. 

eSmart membership Core Focus Areas

The system will be kept up to date with new resources uploaded to the system tool.

Having done the hard work and become an accredited eSmart Library, we want to ensure that you have all the information, skills and resources you need to continue to be a leader in online safety and digital literacy.

Supported by the Telstra Foundation, eSmart Membership will be offered at no cost to all eligible libraries until 2020.


A massive congratulations to the latest library services to achieve eSmart status:

  • Riverina Regional Library Services, NSW
  • Fraser Coast Libraries, QLD
  • Sunshine Coast Libraries, QLD
  • Port Lincoln Community Library, SA
  • South West Region, WA
  • City of Swan Library Service, WA
eSmart Celebrations
The South West region in WA has 21 library services. These libraries worked through the framework together and collectively achieved eSmart accreditation.
Photo: The South West Region, led by Karl Sullivan

New libraries joining eSmart
New library services are continuing to register for eSmart Libraries and we give a hearty welcome to these new library services joining us:

  • Blue Mountains City Library, NSW
  • Hawkesbury Library Service, NSW
  • The Hills Library Service, NSW
  • VisAbility WA

Resources to support, motivate and inspire you

Central pot of resources

December’s edition of Check-In featured a wealth of expert websites, outstanding tools and resources, many of which have been designed by libraries.

Just in case you missed it, here’s access to the central resource pot to dip into throughout the year.

Central Resources

Collateral Top-up

Results from a recent library user survey indicated that patrons viewed brochures and tipsheets as vital to learning about cyber safety. 

Here is a new range of eSmart posters designed by Frankston City Libraries, VIC

Poster 1    Poster 2    Poster 3    Poster 4

eSmart Fact Sheet

Domain 5: Community Engagement Tips

Domain 5 of the framework provides an opportunity to build connections with local organisations, explore outreach opportunities and encourage branches to connect with new groups. 

Click here for 10 easy ways of spreading the eSmart message.

Community Engagement Tips
Awareness Campaigns
Safer Internet Day - 6th Feb 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018
The 2018 theme is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you. 

The campaign is global and is supported with activities and resources in Australia by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to raise awareness amongst communities for more responsible online activity. 
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
National Day of Action

In its eighth year the National Day of Action is a positive Australian campaign that brings school communities together to find solutions that address bullying and violence. 

Imagine a world free from bullying - register for the day and share your ideas.  School Community Libraries can lend support to their school using the resources and lesson plan ideas.